My Teaching Philosophy
A good teacher instructs; a great teacher inspires.
As a lifelong learner, I want to inspire my students to fall in love with learning too. I believe that a teacher's job is to build a vision of success for students, so the importance of relationships and personal connections cannot be undervalued. My goal for teaching is to engage students in multiple ways through visual, auditory, read/write, and kinesthetic activities. Through the combined approaches of collaboration, graphic organizers, project-based learning, multimedia, hands-on activities, and anecdotes I strive to enrich the learning environment with multiple opportunities to understand the material. I use positive language to create a caring and open environment where it is safe to make mistakes. I use formative assessment daily to improve student learning and determine areas that need further instruction or revision activities. Summative assessment should be frequent, with the opportunity to replace old grades with newer evidence of skill and knowledge mastery. Finally, while I am always satisfied with my teaching, I believe that it can always be improved. Participating in opportunities for professional development whenever possible helps me continue my lifelong learning.
--William Arthur Ward
I believe that...
- Every individual has a need to feel loved and accepted.
- Teachers need to be adaptable for each situation that they find themselves in.
- Students learn by making personal connections to the material.
- Students need specific, clear, and repeated instructions to follow.
- Hands-on and cooperative learning is fun and effective.
- Play and sensory activities engages students' attention.
- Youth respond well to teachers who treat them with a caring, trustworthy, and respectful attitude.
- It is important for students to have a safe, structured, non-judgemental environment in order to learn at their optimal potential.
- A great teacher goes beyond the curriculum to inspire, motivate, and facilitate a student’s personal, extra-curricular, and career goals.
- Teachers help students to realize their own potential through encouragement and challenging activities.
- In order to teach healthy self-esteem, a teacher must provide positive reinforcement and embody confidence. One teaches respect by showing respect.
- The teacher’s voice should not be the only thing a student hears all day.
- All students learn differently, it is a teacher's job to figure out what works best for each individual and bring those learning strategies into my classroom.
- Teachers must never make the assumption that they are being understood.
- Teachers must encourage critical thinking: teach HOW and not WHAT to think.
- The relationship between self-esteem and learning is phenomenally important.
- Teachers should dwell in the learner’s place with them.
- Youth are naturally curious and self-exploratory.
- A supportive environment surrounded by knowledge facilitates higher learning.
- A great teacher is flexible and adapts to his/her students' needs.
- Teachers are perpetual learners who need to be open to innovation and change.
Characteristics of Learning and Teaching:
I Believe that Learners are:
Curious Inquisitive Energetic Youthful Exploratory Eager Engaged Motivated Malleable Independent Open Respectful Hard-working Behaved Listener Behaved
I Believe that Teachers should be:
Passionate Respectful Creative Knowledgeable Encouraging Trustworthy Challenging Facilitating Leadership Patient Kind/Caring Engaging
Fun Approachable Confident Role Model Supportive Perceptive Connective Influential Fair Aware
I Believe that Learning Environments are:
Safe (physically and emotionally safe)
Set Rules/Structured (good classroom management)
Constructive Consistent Non-judgemental Trusting
Freedom to explore Interactive Experimental
Cooperative (Relaxed) Competitive (Stressful) Available resources Clear expectations Community-involved Opportunistic
I Believe that Learning Strategies include:
Independent Learning (self-exploratory)
Cooperative Learning (group work)
Competitive Learning (challenge self)
Debate (both sides or devil’s advocate)
Real-world Application Creative Unconventional Experimental Trial-and-Error Personalized Well-planned lessons and activities
Build Responsibility Student-directed
I love youth and am passionate about teaching them positive self-esteem! When students feel confident in our abilities and are surrounded by a safe and nurturing environment, any potential can be unlocked.
I can hardly wait to teach high school physics, because I intend not only to make the challenging material bearable, but also enjoyable. Kid culture is to learn through play, so why not employ similar self-exploratory activities in a physics classroom?
Sit on a computer chair and spin around with your arms outstretched. Next, pull your arms into your torso. Note if you go faster or slower with a smaller radius. Now that I have your attention, I can teach you about centripetal force and acceleration!
I Believe That A Great Teacher Makes Every Child Feel Capable AndValuable
I believe in looking beyond the IQ of a student in a classroom.
All people are creative and wonderfully gifted in their own ways.